Google Adsense is a program that has between increasingly popular over time. With this popularity, it has become harder to gain approval for an Adsense account. It was once easy to begin running Adsense on almost any blog or other website, but now with Google’s stricter standards, you must possess your own domain name before applying. Applicants will no longer be accepted for pages on a free blogging site. If you are considering using Google’s ads on your own site to generate a little extra income, keep in mind these guidelines.
Quality of Content
The most important part of applying to Google Adsense is to make sure that your site is giving internet users something different and useful. As of today, there are over seven hundred million websites found in a Google search of the term “make money.” So if you are going to start your own website on the subject, make sure you have something new to say that people will find valuable. You have a lot of competition.
This isn’t the time to throw together a few pages hoping that people will somehow find your work in the millions and click your ads. Create a niche website that people want to return to, and one that they will also recommend to others. Update it regularly and make them interested in seeing your new content. Google Adsense is by no means a get rich quick scheme. It takes hard work and long hours to see a return, and you need to first be proud of your own work if you want to generate traffic and business.
While quality is still the most crucial factor, quantity runs a close second. Three or four pages may not get you an approval, even with the best content. Google often demands at least fifteen to twenty pages of unique, quality content before considering a website owner for their Adsense program. This is because a site with less may not receive much return traffic. A good rule is this: make sure your site visitors will be obliged to come back to absorb all the information you have given them, and each time they return, have something new for them to see. If your site is constantly improving, so should your traffic, and traffic is what Google is looking for.
Have a Focus
Every page encompassed in your domain should have one basic subject. A collection of articles on fashion sense paired with video game reviews and gardening tips isn’t what Adsense, or many others browsers, are looking for. If you don’t like being restricted to one topic, Associated Content may be a much better place for you than any single website you own could be. When running your own site, it is more important to bring back a smaller group of people many times, than to briefly hook large numbers of people for just one article. If your big draw is an article on new high-definition televisions, make the pages surrounding it interesting to the same people who would appreciate this subject.
So you created a new website with twenty pages, and you are continuing to add to it regularly. You know that your subject matter is new, cohesive, and high quality. All you can think about is finally submitting it to Google Adsense so that you might start making money for ad clicks. Wait. As hard as it may be, Google usually expects six months of website traffic before approving a new site these days. This is another way for them to make sure it is not a spam or scam site. If you can continue to increase traffic for months on end, it will make your website much more appealing to Google review.
Use this time to continue improving your site. Add natural back links by trading links with other honest web writers, lending help in forums, and social networking. Did I mention it wasn’t for anyone looking to get rich quick? If you can handle months of work without pay, then maintaining your own websites may be a feasible future income for you. If you want to be paid now for your articles, a site like Associated Content is the better choice for quick gratification.
Terms of Service
Finally, read the terms of service agreement on the Google Adsense site. It is quite a lengthy article, and not following any one of the terms can get you rejected, or worse, banned shortly after approval. Many of the terms may be common sense to the honest worker: do not click your own ad links, do not ask others to do so for you, and do not use bots. Other regulations, however, really take more attention to detail. Google Adsense expects its program participants to follow specific ad placement guidelines and to create distinction between their ads and other ads you may have displayed on your site. Take time to read each section carefully before applying, and you have a much better chance of being approved and doing well with Adsense.
If this sounds like a lot of work, it is. If it still sounds like fun, it just might be! You never know what you might receive in monetary gains from creating your own website, but if writing online content is a great interest of yours, then you will at least have the satisfaction of pursuing a passion. If you consider making a little money from Google Adsense simply a nice bonus to a job well done, you are on the right track to happiness in online writing.